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The Mikron Theatre Company, long established in its association with the Victoria Hotel at Beeston, opened the East Midlands leg of its 40th anniversary national summer and waterways tour with a performance of Beer Street at Castle Rock’s new pub, the Poppy and Pint, by the River Trent and the Grantham Canal, in Nottingham.

Castle Rock Brewery marked the occasion by creating Rock the Boat, a 4 per cent dark beer, described as having a dramatic flavour and dedicated to Mikron’s 40 years on the waterways. Mikron’s Adrian Palmer says the night was a resounding success and the venue ideal for their small, intimate, and personal style of show. “We wish James Halfpenny and his colleagues well at the new pub and look forward to ‘tying up alongside’ the pub again soon.”

(l-r) Dan Wilder, Sally Ann Staunton, Nicola Redman and tour manager and performer, Adrian Palmer.

Beer Street is a lively show telling the story of pubs and beer and the part they have always played in society. “The sentiments exactly match ours,” says Poppy and Pint manager, James Halfpenny. “The traditional pub which is what we aspire to be, must remain at the heart of the community and the issues addressed in the play, like the smoking ban and preloaded binge drinking, are issues we all face.”

Mikron Theatre continued its tour with performances at the Victoria Hotel and Castle Rock’s Swan in the Rushes in Loughborough.

The 40th anniversary Rock the Boat pump clip.